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Jocelyn Hoselton selected as November Teacher of the Month

Name: Jocelyn Hoselton

Years teaching in Monticello: 11 Years

Tell us a little about yourself:

I was raised in Red Lake Falls, MN. I graduated from Mayville State University in Mayville, ND and was a member of the volleyball and women’s basketball team while there. My first teaching job was in Melrose, MN. I received my Master’s Degree in 2001 and have been in Monticello since 2009. I have two brothers, four nephews and three nieces. Outside of work, I enjoy being active in sports or attending sporting events, working on projects around the house or yard, and travelling.

Why did you choose the teaching profession?

My high school basketball coach was extremely influential in this decision. She respected me for who I was, and found a way to push/challenge me to accomplish things I wasn’t aware that I was capable of. I wanted to give back to others and have the same impact she had on me.

What is the best thing about teaching in Monticello?

I work with amazing staff from many areas in our school district. I learn from my colleagues each day. These people are truly gifted in their craft of teaching and in making connections with students. They inspire me to do my part in the movement towards excellence that Monticello Schools are pursuing. 

What is your proudest moment as a teacher?

There is nothing more rewarding than when former students or athletes make an effort to maintain a relationship with you after they are gone. This is a clear indicator that in some way, your involvement in their educational journey has made an impact on them. Sometimes that impact shows up in their career choice, other times it shows up in their character and the type of values they have grown to honor. Knowing that I may have had some small part in either of those is what drives my purpose in education.

What advice would you give a young adult who is thinking about a teaching career?

Teaching is hard. You will make over 1,000 decisions a day as you operate on a very strict minute by minute schedule, all while trying to connect with students who learn differently from each other. Aside from the challenges, there are also many rewards. You get to start over each year, which is extremely refreshing. You get to make a difference in someone’s life, and though you may not reach or impact every kid, you will probably reach more than you will ever know. It will all be worth it.